Exercise is not just about losing weight and getting into those skinny jeans - although this can be a great motivator - regular exercise can also reduce premature ageing, add years to your life expectancy, decrease your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure and lower your body fat and bad cholesterol.

There are also many short term benefits which can help to keep you motivated. Working out can boost your mood and your immune system, reduce mental and muscular tension and increase your ability to concentrate. Plus, lets not forget, stick with it and it should help you loose weight and get you the body you always wanted.

Exercise can be cardiovascular (raises the heart rate and burns calories) or use weight resistance (tones, builds and strengthens muscle). For most of us, combining both regularly is key. So whether you're after a fun and social way to workout (this does exist) or a results driven regime, read all about the newest, most effective ways we've found to get fit and stay in shape below.


Plus, click here to find out which exercise plans the celebrities love.

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